The one of the most characteristic and the most antique building on the Main Square in Krakow are Sukiennice. This name mens a building, where once were stalls. Merchants were selling there a cloth – hence the name. Sukiennice were situated in the middle market in most European cities, close to the most important trade routes. They were built mainly in the XVII-XVIII century.
Sukiennice for years underwent many modifications and variations. Present form is only a symbol, in appearance doesn't resemble the original building. Sukiennice were built in 1257 from the initiative of Prince Bolesław Wstydliwy. Then , they were a specific form: twa rows of stalls stone, which formed the street in the middle of the market.